With New Leadership at the Helm: Knowledge Oman Restructures to Global Standards

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Now positioned to lead one of the Sultanate’s most celebrated non-profit groups, Suresh Kumar has been appointed President of Knowledge Oman (KO). Highlighted for selection with 30 years of experience in finance and operations, in addition to being an alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Sloan School of Management, Kumar is now leading a strategic review of the organization. This followed with appointment of Balqees Suliman Abdullah Al Hassani as Vice President who is an educator bringing expertise of the educational sector, teaching and school administration management.

Prior to the management appointment, KO’s Board of Directors allocated human capital in what it calls a ‘Strategic Reboot’. Over the last six months, each team has contributed to a broad range of developments that have taken KO closer to becoming an international standard organization. Dedicated to serving the nation by investing in human capital as the most critical economic resource, KO creates and supports short and long-term initiatives that boost national performance to enhance the capability of people living in Oman. The organization takes a grassroots approach to boosting the competitiveness of the national economy and supporting the establishment of Oman as a knowledge-based society.

Kumar said, “Over the last nine years the organization has achieved with distinction in its facilitation of online and offline knowledge transfer platforms. KO’s robust commitment to learning and improvement ensured sterling achievements, which attracted recognition both locally and internationally from the year of its inception. We have redirected our focus in the first half of 2017, focussing upon internal review and enhancement across each facet of the organization. Our transformation is intended to empower KO to achieve even greater sustainable impact in local communities.”

Following the two-year presidency of Rym Aoudia, Kumar is the second appointed to serve a presidential term at Knowledge Oman. Founded by Chairman Tariq Hilal Al Barwani in 2008, the organization’s criteria for consideration in its leadership remains talent centric.

Al Barwani said, “The quality of our output and the impact of our activities depends entirely on the individual ability of our leaders and their collaboration; thus, in service to all peoples living in Oman, we position the most competent candidates irrespective of nationality, culture, or profession. With Kumar and Balqees onboard along with the team and countless new opportunities before us, our talented volunteers are working hard to deliver nothing short of real innovation.”

Knowledge Oman currently has over 25 volunteers and a broad range of partners that range from national institutes of education to successful businesses and global conglomerates. The organization is set to announce its latest project in the near future, which will be delivered in Muscat, Sohar and Salalah.

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